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UN Secretary-General António Guterres made an appeal today (21 Feb) to the warring parties in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta for “an immediate suspension of all war activities” describing the living conditions of civilians there as “hell on earth.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

21 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am deeply saddened by the terrible suffering of the civilian population in Eastern Ghouta; 400,000 people that live in hell on earth. I know that very important consultations are taking place in this Council, aiming at a cessation of hostilities during one month in Syria, with a number of conditions, and of course I fully support that effort, but I believe eastern Ghouta cannot wait. And so, my appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities in eastern Ghouta, allowing for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need, allowing for the evacuation of an estimated 700 people that need urgent treatment that cannot be provided there, and creating also the possibility for other civilians to be effectively treated in the site. This is a human tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes, and I don’t think we can let things go on happening in this horrendous way.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres addressing Security Council
5. Wide shot, Ban addressing Security Council
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations:
(Soundbite starts under cutaway) “Such instability could lead to exacerbating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and bring Israel and Iran closer to direct conflict. Violence between the Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and other regional threats could also have the potential to spin out of control as a result of deteriorating regional security.”
8. Wide shot, Ban addressing Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We must keep alive this hard-won momentum for dialogue so that the narrow window of opportunity provided by this newly created momentum will be able to lead to a more meaningful and genuine dialogue process of reconciliation, peace and ultimate denuclearization of North Korea.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres made an appeal today (21 Feb) to the warring parties in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta for “an immediate suspension of all war activities” describing the living conditions of civilians there as “hell on earth.”

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on the purpose of the UN Charter in the maintenance of international peace and security, Guterres expressed his deep sadness over the “the terrible suffering of the civilian population in Eastern Ghouta; 400,000 people that live in hell on earth.” He noted that very important consultations were taking place in the Council aiming at a cessation of hostilities during one month in Syria, but stressed that “Eastern Ghouta cannot wait.”

The UN chief called an immediate suspension of all war activities in the area for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need and to allow for the evacuation of an estimated 700 people that need urgent treatment. He said, “This is a human tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes, and I don’t think we can let things go on happening in this horrendous way.”

Also in attendance was former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He said the challenges facing the world today are different than those which were present when the UN was established, including climate change, tens of millions of refugees, violent extremism, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation among others. Ban said the Security Council must undergo reform the meet these new challenges while calling on the Council to take action when needed rather than resorting to simply calling for action in rhetoric or statements.

Ban said the world must prepare in the Middle East for the post-ISIS era. He said the Security Council must focus more on conflict in Syria, tensions in the Golan Heights, and the continuing Syrian displacement and refugee crisis. He noted that these issues could resurface, seriously threaten regional stability, and instigate further conflicts among states in the region.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Such instability could lead to exacerbating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and bring Israel and Iran closer to direct conflict. Violence between the Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and other regional threats could also have the potential to spin out of control as a result of deteriorating regional security.”

The former UN chief said the possibility of ISIS moving on to settle in vulnerable places such as Libya could also not be dismissed.

Ban echoed Guterres’s sentiment that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is the world’s most serious and imminent challenge at this time. He welcomed the recent resumption of inter-Korean dialogue and the resulting reconciliatory atmosphere between the two Koreas created before and during the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We must keep alive this hard-won momentum for dialogue so that the narrow window of opportunity provided by this newly created momentum will be able to lead to a more meaningful and genuine dialogue process of reconciliation, peace and ultimate denuclearization of North Korea.”

Ban said the dialogue would require whole-hearted support of the United Nations and the Security Council. He said a genuine and strong commitment of both South and North Korea to engage in dialogue supported by the US, China, Japan and Russia was needed.
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